Jan 8, 2011 12:53pm
Email addresses in metadata files: privacy and spam
Is the IA going to do something with regard to the problem discussed e.g. here: http://www.archive.org/post/265484/spam-from-metadata-file
I don't remember having been warned about spam-friendly publication of my e-mail address when I registered to the IA. I should have checked before but I just trusted the IA. If I had known, I would have used a secondary email address.
I read on http://www.archive.org/about/terms.php
What Might the Internet Archive Do With the Information on Its Computers?
The Archive has no present intention to charge for access to the Collections. The Archive may transfer the information on its machines, including personally identifying information, into the Collections. The Collections are made available to researchers and may be made available on the Site, or provided to third parties, for any use, without limitation. For instance, parts of the Collections are now in the collections of the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution.
Advances in data mining technology may make it possible to discover more personally identifiable information or profiles in the Collections.
But after reading this I wouldn't think that the email address of the uploader is /always/ publicly disclosed on the IA website! I don't know if this is legal, but it's certainly not fair.
This post was modified by Nemo_bis on 2011-01-08 20:53:11